November 27, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Police in San Jose will record the race of every person they stop and question on the street under a new policy that supporters say could finally determine whether officers are racially profiling.
The San Jose Mercury News says police by year's end will be following a new policy that requires them to record detailed information about so-called "curb sitting" detentions - whether or not an arrest is made.
Such information has long been required when officers stop people in cars.
The city's police auditor recommended a similar policy for pedestrian stops after complaints that minorities were being unfairly targeted.
The policy was announced two years ago but critics said it would be too burdensome. It was suspended by acting Chief Larry Esquivel while the regulations were retooled.
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